Business acumen has carried Mays a long way since 1972 when he first acquired one radio station in San Antonio and formed San Antonio Broadcasting Co. This company eventually evolved into Clear Channel, as CEO Mays used every opportunity to add stations and other media outlets to its holdings. As a result, the business thrived and the organization now owns more than 1,200 radio stations, 40 TV stations, and thousands of outdoor advertising displays. But although this Texan has provided job opportunities for many around the world, one of his greatest contributions has been to support civic endeavors. Mays and his wife, Peggy, have given generously to a variety of community organizations and causes, including support of the Red and Charline McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer at M. D. Anderson, the United Way, and Texas A&M University. These and other philanthropic acts have earned Mays numerous awards, including International Citizen of the Year and Distinguished Alumni (Texas A&M University). Lowry Mays and The Mays Family Foundation continue to support various organizations and causes.